Barbara La Marr

Actress, screenwriter Barbara La Marr

Barbara La Marr was an American stage and film actress, cabaret artist and screenwriter. La Marr was known as "The Girl Who Is Too Beautiful", after a Hearst newspaper feature writer, Adela Rogers St. Johns, saw a judge sending her home during the police beat in Los Angeles because she was too beautiful and young to be on her own.
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28 July 1896
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  • 1926
    Age 29
    On January 30, 1926, she died of complications associated with tuberculosis and nephritis at her parents' home in Altadena, California, at the age of 29.
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  • 1925
    Age 28
    By 1925, La Marr's drug and alcohol use began to take its toll.
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  • 1923
    Age 26
    Before the divorce from Deely was finalized, La Marr married actor Jack Dougherty in May 1923.
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  • 1920
    Age 23
    After marrying and moving with her second husband to New York City, La Marr found employment writing screenplays at Fox studios using the name "Folly Lytell". Her association with filmmakers led to her returning to Los Angeles and making her film debut in 1920.
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  • 1918
    Age 21
    La Marr married for a fourth time to Ben Deely in 1918.
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  • 1916
    Age 19
    In 1916, La Marr married dancer Phil Ainsworth. Ainsworth was sent to San Quentin for passing bad checks. They divorced in 1917.
  • 1914
    Age 17
    La Marr's name appeared frequently in newspaper headlines during the next few years. In November 1914, she came back from Arizona and announced that she was the newly widowed wife of a rancher named Jack Lytell and that they were supposedly married in Mexico.
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    La Marr married for a second time, on June 2, 1914, to lawyer Lawrence Converse.
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    La Marr was married five times. She married her first husband, Jack Lytell, in 1914 at the age of 17.
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  • 1913
    Age 16
    In January 1913, La Marr's half-sister, now going by the name of Violet Ake, took her 16-year-old sister on a three-day automobile excursion with a man named C.C. Boxley.
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  • 1910
    Age 13
    By 1910, La Marr was living in Fresno, California, with her parents.
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  • 1900
    Age 3
    By 1900, she was living with her parents in Portland, Oregon, with her brother William, her half-sister Violet Ross, and Violet's husband Arvel Ross.
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  • 1896
    La Marr was born in 1896 as Reatha Dale Watson to William Wallace and Rosana "Rose" Watson in Yakima, Washington (La Marr later claimed she was born in Richmond, Virginia).
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